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The NIH Judo Club

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Judo Club was founded in 1979 by Dr. Thomas E. Malone, then Deputy Director of NIH. The club serves the NIH as well as the local community; you do not have to be affiliated with NIH to join. The club is an active member of the Shufu Yudanshakai and registered under the US Judo Federation (USJF). Membership in USJF or one of the other national Judo organizations is required for all participants in our classes.

The NIH Judo Club offers training in Kodokan judo to people of all ages from 13 and older at all skill levels. Our focus is on judo as an Olympic sport for fitness and recreation. We emphasize classical training in falling, throwing, matwork, chokes and armlocks, as well as kata. Our members are encouraged to compete in local and regional tournaments.


Tuesday & Thursday evening, 6:30 -8pm
Saturday morning, 9 – 10:30am (advanced only)


On the NIH campus in Bethesda Maryland, in Building 31C, B4 level. Classes are in the Thomas E. Malone Judo and Taekwando Center, adjacent to the NIH Fitness Center


From Rockville, MD and points north

-          Coming south on Route 270, bear left toward Washington when the road splits going to MD or VA (becomes Beltway 495).

-          Take the Old Georgetown Rd. exit south toward Bethesda.

-          Left on Cedar Lane

-          Right on Rockville Pike

-          Right into the NIH campus at NIH Gateway Drive (the first entrance past South Drive and the Metro stop). *After going through Security (you will need a picture ID), you will come out on Center Drive. Turn right onto Center Drive and follow it, it will first turn to the right and then later (past South Drive and Wilson Drive) to the left.  As it turns left you will see a large white building with black windows on your right - Building 31. There is a parking lot across the street.  It’s a paid lot, but if you tell the attendant you’re leaving after 7, you can park free.

-          Go in the main entrance of Bldg. 31; **go down the long hall to your right till it dead-ends.  Go down the next hall to your right to the end where you’ll see a bank of 4 elevators on your left.  Go down to the B4 level and follow the Fitness Center signs.


From Silver Spring and points east, and Virginia and points west

-          Take the Beltway, Route 495, to the Connecticut Ave exit, exit toward Kensington (north).

-          Left at the first light on Beach Drive.

-          Left on Cedar Lane

-          Left on Rockville Pike

-          Right into the NIH Campus on NIH Gateway Dr.  Follow directions above *


From the Medical Center Metro (Red Line)

-          come up out of the escalator, after going through Security (you will need a picture ID) continue into the NIH campus on South Drive .

-          Bear right at the first intersection onto Center Dr.  As Center Drive turns to the left (just past Wilson Dr.) you will see a large white building with black windows on your right – Bldg. 31. Go in the front door and follow the directions  above **


Judo sites on the web:

-          Shufu home page -

-          USA Judo home page -

-          USJF home page -


NIH Judo Club is affiliated with USJF and USJI

Contact:  Taffy Turner,